AT&T and T-Mobile both claimed they were intent on preserving Cricket and MetroPCS’s services when they made their respective acquisitions. But it looks like T-Mobile was the only one serious about it.
T-Mobile is growing again, and not just from its merger with MetroPCS. With 44 million connections T-Mobile is filling out its seat in the country’s Top 4. Before too long it might even start challenging Sprint.
In the coming weeks, 15 U.S. cities will find themselves with a new mobile carrier option. T-Mobile is doubling the size of MetroPCS’s service area just three months after their merger.
MetroPCS has started selling the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in eight markets, but it’s not a CDMA device. It works on T-Mobile’s networks — a sure sign that T-Mobile is accelerating plans to fully absorb Metro’s operations.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS officially combined to create T-Mobile US on May 1, but in 61 days the new company has been relatively quiet. A lot has been going on behind the scenes, though.
MetroPCS will start selling smartphones and SIM cards that connect to T-Mobile’s GSM and HSPA networks starting June 12, according to a PhoneArena report. T-Mobile is wasting no time converting Metro’s CDMA customer base.
It may not be the iPhone 5 they buy — the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S may prove more attractive — but that’s OK.
The shareholder vote was the last step in a long chain of approvals necessary to cement the deal. On May 1 — just seven months after the companies announced their intentions — T-Mobile and MetroPCS will officially combine.
MetroPCS has delayed the final shareholder vote necessarily to finalize its merger with T-Mobile USA. Fearing rejection, T-Mo owner DT is offering up a new deal with better terms.
A week after clearing the Justice Department, the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger gains the FCC stamp of approval without a peep of protest. Now the only thing standing in the deal’s way are Metro’s stockholders.